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Williams Men's Soccer Ties at Babson
iBerkshires.com Sports,
07:44PM / Sunday, September 11, 2022
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Babson College men's soccer team scored in the 81st minute Sunday to earn a 1-1 tie against Williams.   Henry Osborn scored for the visitors, who got four saves from Ben Diffley.   Williams (1-0-2) hosts Bates on Saturday.   Women's Soccer MANCHESTER, Vt. -- Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scored midway through the second half to earn a 1-0 win over Williams at Applejack Stadium.   Margaret Huelin stopped three shots for Williams (1-2), which hosts Bates on Saturday.   Men's Golf MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Three Williams players carded 2-over-par rounds of 73 on Sunday to help the Ephs finish tied for seventh place at the Duke Nelson

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Williams College Coach Joe Doyle Recognized
05:29PM / Saturday, September 10, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Longtime Williams College assistant football coach and now manager of football operations Joe Doyle has been named to the USA Lacrosse Massachusetts Hall of Fame.   Doyle played lacrosse at UMass in 1963 and 1964 and was an original and longtime Western Mass lacrosse official.   Field Hockey BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Emily Batchelor scored a pair of goals Saturday to Williams team to a 3-2 in over Babson.   Natalia Nolan also scored a goal, and Carson Stephenson and Gates Tenerowicz split time in Williams' goal, stopping two shots.   Williams (2-0) goes to Smith on Wednesday.   Women's Soccer MANCHESTER, Vt. -- Emma Lynch and Sam Phan

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Letter: Let's Make Property Taxes Progressive
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Saturday, September 10, 2022

To the Editor:

Property tax is a regressive tax but it doesn't have to be.

While in most communities each property owner pays the same tax rate per $1,000 of home value, the impact on your pocketbook varies based on your income level. Those in the bottom income quintile pay 5.4 percent of their income on municipal tax while the top quintile pays less than 3 percent, and the top 1 percent of earners pay only 1.6 percent of their household income, according to the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

In essence, the less you have, the more of your income you are expected to pay.

According to ITEP's Tax Inequality Index, which measures the impact of each state's

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Pittsfield Run Remembers Murdered Tennessee Jogger Eliza Fletcher
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:43AM / Friday, September 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Backlit by the first glow of sunlight over the hills east of the city and sporting a T-shirt with the slogan “Women run the world,” Shiobbean Lemme calls the predawn hours “the best time of the day.”   “To get this view, you have to go to bed before Jeopardy is over,” Lemme jokes. “I don’t ever get to see Final Jeopardy. But, you know, the tradeoff is worth it for me.”   On Friday, Lemme was joined by more joggers than usual as the Berkshire County running community joined runners throughout the nation in honoring Memphis, Tenn.’s, Eliza Fletcher, who was kidnapped and murdered during her early

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Crash at Mount Greylock Entrance Highlights Long-Standing Concern
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:40AM / Friday, September 09, 2022

The collision at the entrance of the high school has again raised safety concerns about speed and low visibility, especially regarding younger drivers. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A crash at the entrance of the Mount Greylock Regional School campus Wednesday sent one person to the hospital and had the school community thinking about the potential danger of the driveway's access to U.S. Route 7.   At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Williamstown Police received a call about a two-car accident at 1781 Cold Spring Road, the entrance to the middle-high school.   Rebecca Lee Williams of Williamstown was brought to Berkshire Medical Center complaining of neck pains after the

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Polling Stations in Berkshire County
11:30AM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary.

Where to vote:

Adams: Memorial Building, Valley Street
Becket: Town Hall, Main Street
Cheshire: Cheshire Community House, 191 Church St. 
Clarksburg: Community Center, Cross Road
Dalton: Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext.
Egremont: Fire station, Egremont Plain Road
Florida: Town Office, 379 Mohawk Trail
Great Barrington:

Precincts A, C, D: Fire Station, 37 State Road Precinct B: Housatonic Community Center, Main Street

Hancock: Hancock School, Route 43
Hinsdale: Town Hall, South Street
Lanesborough: Town Hall, 83 North Main St.
Lee:

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Williamstown's Water Street Project Pared to 21 Units
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Developers looking to build mixed income housing at the site of the former Grange Hall on Water Street have again modified their plans, this time lowering the number of units to 21.   Architect Hicks Stone was before the board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday to explain the latest incarnation of the development he is proposing along with partner Bill Freeman.   The first time the idea was pitched to the trustees, in June, the developers were talking about 22 units. Last month, they said they had found a way to get 28 units on the 6.6-acre parcel.   "As a result of some observations from the public, We've pared

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Letter: Vote For Kingsbury-Evans
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Sunday, September 04, 2022

To the Editor:

Please join me in voting on Tuesday for Paula Kingsbury-Evans. We need younger bloodlines in our elected officials and offices. She has good ideas and will a good representative in the Massachusetts First House District.

I received a flyer promoting her opponent which was paid for by a PAC. He takes disproportionate credit for ideas and accomplishments of others. He now promotes popular trends he has not been known for. His past local history was divisive.

Creativity and original ideation is important! In short, it’s time for a change! Vote for Paula Kingsbury Evans on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Ken Swiatek

 

 

 

 

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Williamstown Fire Station Cost Pegged at $18M
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24AM / Thursday, September 01, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The initial estimate for a new fire station came in at just below $18 million, the fire district's Building Committee learned on Wednesday.   But there are a number of unknowns at this stage of the design process, and the committee noted at least one opportunity Wednesday to trim the budget by choosing a gas-fired HVAC system over an electric-powered variable refrigerant flow system.   With the more energy-efficient electric VRF system included, estimator Miyakoda Consulting of Raynham pegged the building cost at $17,909,261 for a cost of $658.07 per square foot, assuming a summer 2023 construction start.   If the district ultimately goes with

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Williamstown Sets Single Tax Rate for FY23
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:56AM / Wednesday, August 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The average property owner will see a 4.4 percent rise in their property tax in the current fiscal year according to numbers presented by Town Assessor Chris Lamarre.   Lamarre gave a report to the Select Board and the fire district's Prudential Committee before each taxing authority made its annual vote on whether to maintain a single tax rate in the town.   According to projections based on the total tax levy — the spending approved by the annual town meeting and annual district meeting — and the total value of taxable property (currently just more than $1.2 billion), the tax rate for FY23 will be $16.17 per $1,000 of

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District Attorney Candidates Meet in Final Debate
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — With one week to go until the Democratic primary, incumbent Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue participated in the final debate for Berkshire County district attorney at The Mount on Tuesday.    Berkshire Democratic Brigades sponsored the debate and BDB Chair Michael Wise moderated.   Shugrue began by arguing that he has more experience as a former assistant district attorney and 36 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He described himself as a "smart progressive ... who advocates for and actually achieves progress."    He said he wants to hold people accountable for breaking the law and argued that

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Fall Foliage 5K, Berkshire Half Marathon Set for Oct. 8-9
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10:24AM / Monday, August 29, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- One finisher of the inaugural Berkshire Half Marathon will win a  brand new 2023 Subaru.   The half marathon will be part of a two-race weekend that kicks off with the first Fall Foliage 5K on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 13.1-mile race will be Sunday.   Berkshire Running Center owners Kent and Shiobbean Lemme; Race Directors of the MountainOne Steel Rail Races; have once again brought another weekend of running events to the Berkshires and the newly expanded Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.     The event is co-sponsored by Haddad Subaru, MountainOne, John’s Ace Hardware and UNICO. The races will be newly structured renditions of the

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